The Center for Democratic Development(CDD-Ghana) says that the time has come for the country to have discussions on drafting a new Constitution following the various flaws identified in the current 1992 Constitution.
According to the civil society group,all the ambiguities in the current Constitution would best be addressed when a New Constitution is drafted and introduced.
Addressing the media in Accra following the second commemoration of Constitutional Day, a Senior Research Officer for CDD Dr. Kojo Asante said despite the fact that the country has undergone a Constitutional Review Process its not practicable to try and implement the recommendations.
“I also think we should use the opportunity[Constitutional Day] to discuss actually having a New Constitution because we went through a Constitutional Review Process but even if we were to try and implement all of the proposals that have been put in place… its not feasible to do that”
He added that a new Constitution will help clarify certain provisions in the 1992 Constitution such as the Declaration of Assets by public office holders.
“Recently the was a confusion between the vetting of Chief Justice[Justice Anin Yeboah] as to when you should declare your assets and so on and so forth. All of these things can be clarified in a New Constitution”.
The Constitution Day is a newly designated Public Holiday, which is to be observed on every January 7 of every year.
It came into effect after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo – Addo assented to the Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019, (Act 989).
By: Daniel Sackitey | universnewsroom